Flanagan re-elected to lead Senate GOP
Republicans in the New York state Senate have re-elected John Flanagan to be their leader.
The Long Island politician is expected to preside over the entire Senate when lawmakers return to Albany in January. The Senate now has 32 Democrats and 31 Republicans, though Republicans lead the chamber thanks to the support of a handful of breakaway Democrats.
Republicans gathered in Albany on Monday to cast the vote, which was unanimous.
Flanagan says Republicans will work to make New York more affordable for working-class and middle-class people, expand economic and educational opportunities and to address problems including heroin addiction and Lyme disease.
Democrats are expected to be led by Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Yonkers.